In our latest feature, we hear from some of the officers on your local policing teams.

This week we hear from PC Amasjit Thind, who is with the Met's South East Command Unit:

Why did you want to join the Met?

I wanted a job where I could help people and when I saw the advert online it just spoke to me. I’d never thought about joining the police but when I saw the role all I knew was that it was what I wanted to do – it just clicked.

How did your family or friends react to you joining?

I grew up with a lot of strong women in my family doing tough jobs and seeing them live their lives was a big influence on me. I’m the first in my family to join the police; in my culture, and especially as a woman, it is a big thing to do. I think my family were a little bit worried, but mainly very proud.

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Tell us about what you do

I work in the Integrated Enforcement Team, and we work in areas where there are issues. We’re a small team, but each of us is strongly committed to helping the community and solving problems they may have such as drugs, anti-social behaviour, or weapon crime. Over time the community, even if they are anti-police, see us there every day trying to help and eventually open up to us. With all of us - police, local partners, the community, shop keepers, everyone – playing our part and working as a team, we solve these problems and everyone is happier for it.

What has been a challenge and how do you overcome those challenges?

I think a lot of people are anti-police or think we are out to harass them, or we don’t care. When they see you are actually interested and want to help them, a lot don’t know how to take it. For me it’s about breaking down those walls and putting the uniform aside so people can relate to me. I think people do engage with me because I talk to them and try to let them see we have things in common, and that I care. I try to help them see I’m wearing this uniform because all I want to do is help. It’s so rewarding when you see those people, who initially didn’t engage with you at all, being the ones to come over in the street and say hello.

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Tell us about a stand out day in the Met for you

To be honest, every day feels like a stand out day. I want to walk away from each person and feel I’ve helped them and, by the time I finish my shift at the end of the day, there is a moment where I feel it was worth it, or I’ve made a difference.